Junior sports club gets community centre boost

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A NEW multi use games area at the home of one of Calderdale’s largest junior football club’s has been given the go-ahead by planning officials.

Calderdale Council has now allowed Brighouse Juniors, based at Broad Oak, Hove Edge, Brighouse, to build the new complex.

The facility will see junior players train and play matches on the ground and would also be made available to local schools and the community.

The pitch is to be finished in 3G Astroturf or similar and measures 48x30m complete with three metre high rebound fence and associated lighting.

The application also refers to the re-grading of the existing football pitches to the north of the site where a minor cut and fill scheme to provide a more suitable playing surface than currently is provided.

In the report it said: “The proposal is to provide an upgrading to an existing sports facility, no new buildings are to be constructed only the regarding of an area to form two level pitches, and an additional all weather pitch.

“As the facility is an existing facility located in the green belt, it is considered that the proposed works will not harm the openness of the green belt.

“At present there is only one marked out pitch 93m x 60m, whilst other areas have been used for football, theses areas are not marked out and therefore the proposal relates to regarding works to make four further pitches level and therefore more useable.”

The only concerns with the application is the introduction of the amount of light coming from the multi use games area to nearby houses.

It has been recommended that a condition was put on the lighting measure by the head of Economy and Environment.

Brighouse Juniors, which was formed in 1989, has over 400 boys and girls among its teams.